Club of the Year
The John Allen Perpetual Cup
is an award, which has been made possible through the generosity of John Allen.
John started in Judo while a student of the Regional Technical College (RTC) Galway. He was coached by John Creaven who was the College Coach from 1979, when the Judo Club started. John Allen made rapid progress winning Provincial events, College events and also achieved his 1st Dan. While studying Accounting in the RTC he started the Oranmore Judo Club for children from the area where he lived.
Subsequently John emigrated to Canada where he has lived for the past 20 years. His frequent visits home are always punctuated by a visit to Creaven House where he watches the training of the young players. This inspired John to make a generous donation to the Galway Judo Club and this generosity is manifested by putting up a cup.
The John Allen Perpetual Cup is awarded to the club which does the most to promote Judo in Ireland. So the award was not for the club with the most Black Belts or the most medals, but for the club that spreads the message of Judo, helps newer clubs, organises events and supports the objectives of Judo Ireland.
The John Allen Trophy was won by Arklow Judo Club. The hosts of East of Ireland Tournament 2013 were awarded with the title of “Irish Judo Club of the Year 2013″ and presented with the Cup on 16th November 2013.
The presentation was made by John Creaven – the Chairperson of Judo Ireland – during the Tournament in Arklow.
The Renmore Rapid Judo Club is the winner of the title and the award for the second time in a row. The victors keep John Allen Perpetual Cup for another year in Renmore.
Renmore Rapid Judo Club – a very active Judo club from Galway was titled the Club of the Year 2011. The second winner of the John Allen Perpetual Cup is aimed at players under 18 years of age.
The 1st winners of the John Allen Perpetual Cup were the Galway Judo Club. The presentation was made by John’s mother Jaqueline at the All Ireland Judo Championships on Sunday January 31st which was held at the Galway Lawn Tennis Club.
The award was accepted by Brendan Conway on behalf of the club.